Opportunity News: Community Colleges, the Minimum Wage, and Income Inequality•
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A new report by the American Association of Community Colleges found that community colleges contribute $809 billion a year to the US economy. And for every $1 a student spends on their education, he or she receives a return of $3.80.
An inspiring blog post from our partner Year Up:
“There are millions of young Americans who need a chance to develop their skills and prove themselves in the workplace. If we shift our perceptions and talent sourcing practices accordingly, we will discover a deep well of talent that can help us close our skills gap and fuel the U.S. economy for decades. In the process, we’d also go a long way toward restoring the basic premise of the American Dream: that where we come from need never determine where we’re going.”
The debate over President Obama’s push to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour intensified this week when the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a report saying the increase would boost worker incomes but could cost jobs.
Check out what the National Conference on Citizenship says about how community engagement strengthens economies, neighborhoods and networks.
A new Brookings study finds greater income inequality in economically thriving cities, but not because the rich are getting richer. Rather, the poor are getting poorer.